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From The Principal

Happy June, Graebner Families!

Construction Resumed

Starting in May and running through the summer months, Graebner will be undergoing construction projects made possible by recent millage funds and gaining a secure front entrance for our building.

The school office will be temporarily located in the SAM Suite Science Room, and can be accessed by walking along the front of the building to the right of the main doors (where the construction is) to the science room door in the SAM Suite addition.

Construction Resumed 


OUR Graebner OFFICE WILL BE TAKING NEW STUDENT REGISTRATIONS ON-SITE SOON. We will begin taking on-site registrations on Wednesdays, beginning May 20, and running each Wednesday through June 24th. Office hours are: 9:30-11:00 AM, and 1:30-3:00 PM., You may visit us during these times on Wednesdays to drop-off off registration paperwork and documents. Please be advised that we will be practicing social distancing, and ask visitors to wear a face mask or covering. Also be aware that visits to the office are for adults only - we are adhering to the guidelines of no students in schools through the end of this school year.


Children are eligible for kindergarten if they turn five years old on or before September 1, 2020. However, children who turn five between September 1 and December 1, 2020 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten if their parents submit a waiver form.

To register, parents must supply:

  • An original birth certificate or certified copy, with raised seal, issued by the clerk of the county where your child was born or the health department of the state of birth;
  • Your child's health immunization record; including vision and hearing screenings. Be sure to schedule immunization updates early as these appointments are often limited;
  • Photo I.D. (Driver's license or work photo I.D.)
  • Proof of residency, such as property tax bill, closing papers or lease agreement. Please know that we are not able to accept utility bills.


We are working from home during the Governor's stay-at-home order. You may submit completed kindergarten registration forms and documents electronically to: Once we are back in the office, we will contact you to finalize your child's registration.


If you are not returning in the fall to Graebner or Bemis please email

2020-2021 Teacher/Student Calendar

The Utica Community Schools 2020-2021 teacher/student calendar has been agreed to as part of the successor collective bargaining agreement between the district and the Utica Education Association. Determinations have been based on traditional school year elements and persons are reminded that modification may become necessary, particularly as COVID-19 and related impacts are further evaluated moving forward. In the interest of tentative planning, these calendars are being shared with students, staff, parents and the community at this time.

The first day of school and other important dates are highlighted below. Please note that school is scheduled to begin prior to Labor Day this coming year. For a complete list of additional dates including half-days, marking periods and exam days, refer to the full calendar.



First Student Day: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 (full day secondary, half day elementary)


Labor Day Weekend: Friday, September 4, 2020 through Monday, September 7, 2020


Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 through Friday, November 27, 2020


Winter Break: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021


Mid-Winter Break: Monday, February 15, 2021 through Friday, February 19, 2021


Spring Break: Monday, April 5, 2021 through Friday, April 9, 2021


Memorial Weekend: Friday, May 28, 2021 through Monday, May 31, 2021


Non-Student Days: Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Monday, January 18, 2021, Friday, April 2, 2021


Last Student Day: Friday, June 11, 2021 (half-day)


Teacher PD: Monday, August 31, 2020, Friday, September 4, 2020, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Monday, January 18, 2021


Mrs. Jami Wood, Principal
The staff of Graebner Elementary School, within an ordered, nurturing environment, defines its mission as follows: to teach children to learn academic and social skills in a positive and cooperative manner and to enhance self esteem, so as to prepare children to become contributing, successful members of society.

The following dates have been confirmed.  As additional dates are provided, I will share them with you.

First Student Day:                   
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (Full day secondary, Half day elementary)

Thanksgiving Break:               
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019

Winter Break:                          
Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020

MLK Jr Holiday:                     
Monday, January 20, 2020

Mid-Winter Break:                  
Monday, February 17, 2020 through Friday, February 21, 2020

Spring Break:                          
Monday, April 6, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020

Additional dates and calendar elements including but not limited to potential further closed dates, half-days, exam schedules conference windows and the end of school date continue to be considered and will be released once determined.

UCS Vision

All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. UCS will respect, encourage and empower each and every student to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a diverse community and global society.

UCS Mission

We are committed to exemplary teaching and learning in order for our students to be prepared for success in the 21st Century.
We will achieve this commitment by engaging the entire community to focus on each child's achievement, with the expectation that every student will pursue some type of post-high school educational endeavor.

Core Values

  • Every child can learn and achieve.
  • Parents and guardians are partners in the learning process.
  • Being “smart” can be achieved through persistence, hard work and effective effort.
  • Excellence is expected and celebrated.
  • Data is used to guide our decision-making.
  • All employees will exemplify ethical behavior; exhibit a strong work ethic; and continue to develop their leadership, performance and service skills.
  • Technology supports and enhances instruction, business operations, research and communications.
  • The Board of Education, district educators/staff, parents, community members and business leaders must collaborate and work as a team to enhance educational opportunities for student success.